The beauty of the autumn season is creeping into the chilly mornings and hinting in the colour of the leaves.
This year I shall be watching the wild world weave its magic away from the BBC and live television.
I will not be co-presenting Autumnwatch.
My decision to step away from the series has been a very difficult one, and is based on personal reasons.
I have been hugely lucky to work with such a wonderful production team, and explored the wilds of Britain with Autumnwatch and Springwatch over the years. I sincerely hope I shall again.
But I am not disappearing!
I have been putting all my energy into a new web-based project, the Wildlife Whisperer, which will be going live this autumn. Indeed, as I write, I am sitting in a house on the Shetland coast, preparing to head out at dawn to make a film showing how to track, find, observe and photograph wild otters. I will also, of course, be filming the shear charm and beauty of these exquisite creatures. These are just a few of many new films, competitions, maps, special offers and educational facilities that will, I hope, make the Wildlife Whisperer an exciting resource and entertaining website for anyone with an interest in the wild world about them. We will be giving as much attention to the wildlife on your doorstep, whether it’s garden birds or pond creatures, as we will the more elusive creatures. And we will be sharing the fun with/through our sister websites, TalkWildlife and Simon King Wildlife.
We will also be launching a new site very soon, just for fun, called Where is Simon King! Check it out and see if you can find the mini-me!
Autumn is coming, and I am as lucky, and busy, as ever, watching the marvels of nature. I look forward to continuing to share it all with you.
Peace and Light